With 71,250 seats, the Georgia Dome is the world’s largest cable-supported indoor stadium. Since 1992, it has been home to the Falcons football team and the preferred venue for major concerts and large gatherings, such as the NCAA Final Four and national religious assemblies. It is part of the Georgia World Congress Center complex that includes Centennial Park. Choosing one of the hotels near the Georgia Dome makes it simple for you to walk to the site instead of tackling taxis or limited downtown parking.
The four-star Omni Hotel at CNN Center is the closest to the Dome and attached to the World Congress Center by a covered walkway. You can walk from the Omni through the World Congress Center for about three blocks, without braving Atlanta's summer heat or winter rain. A convenient exit on the west side of the World Congress Center puts you at the entrance to the Georgia Dome. The hotel accommodates 1,070 guests in rooms and suites spread across two towers separated by the open lobby. This Omni is a flagship property with luxurious furnishings, business services, conference rooms, attentive staff and dining options for the discriminating palate.
The Embassy Suites at Centennial Park is directly in front of the Georgia World Congress Center at the side of Centennial Park. This compact property is an all-suite hotel, offering its guests two rooms that separate the kitchenette and work area from the sleeping quarters. A breakfast buffet and evening manager's reception helps you stretch your budget. The lively bar attracts locals and business travelers. In addition to wine selections, patrons can order full-course meals from the Ruth's Chris steakhouse on the site. The short two-block walk to the World of Coca Cola and the Georgia Aquarium makes it a good choice for families.
The Castleberry Inn is an extended-stay hotel with self-catering suites and standard rooms. Located approximately four blocks south of the Dome on the western edge of downtown, it also serves visitors to the Atlanta University Center and the 20-plus Castleberry Hill art galleries. The complex also has loft apartments, mainly occupied by students and urbanites who like to be near downtown. The restaurant Paschal’s is an updated reincarnation of the original, an icon attached to Atlanta's first black-owned hotel. The new Paschal’s restaurant serves upscale Southern fare. It often has live entertainment in the bar on the weekend.
In contrast to gleaming, modern hotels near the Dome, the Glenn Hotel is a repurposed historic building. This Marriott property is just four blocks from the Dome. The sophisticated boutique hotel adapted to its new life with the flair of a southern belle schooled in Paris. The intimate hotel has 93 rooms, 16 suites and a penthouse that overlooks Centennial Park, all with original commissioned artwork and personal hosts for every guest. The rooftop lounge offers panoramic viewing of the city skyline. The restaurant specializes in dishes made from locally sourced foods.
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